Continental Adventures; A Novel Volume 1

Continental Adventures; A Novel Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ...ass in the fable's awkward endeavours to ape the graceful gambols of the lap-dog.' ' Why Caroline! who would have thought you so difficult to please? You neither like London nor the country!? 'On the contrary I like them both with all my heart. The country--not for the sake of country visiting, certainly--but for its own true pleasures; pleasures which never tire. Of Lon don pleasures one does tire-at last; but I delight in London for a time: and I like it best during our long bleak pining spring, when nature and the weather are in opposition, when the days are so long they have no end, and you are compelled to look out till nearly bed Vol. i. 11 time on the cheerless prospect of leafless trees and blighted blossoms, and a chilled withering earth. I have often seen the ground covered with snow in the middle of May; that delightful month of which the poets sing in such raptures! I like London then. There is no society equal to London society. Its pleasures are inexhaustible.' ' And yet, Caroline, between ourselves, I do think the envied people who take the lead and ive the tone to London society, are far from appy. They affect gaity and vivacity, to be sure, but they cannot conceal their real unhappiness and discontent.' ' O! people that live as they do--entirely for display--must be unhappy every where. The fault is not in London, but in themselves. They seek society as they do a glass--not for itself, but for the image it gives them back of themselves. London is delightful for those who only want to enjoy it, but miserable for those ivho want to shine in it. Delightful for those who wish to see; miserable for those who live only to be seen. They force themselves on the stage, and fatigue themselves by representation, ' and fret their little...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236492897
  • 9781236492890